CDPAS/CDPAP (Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services/Program)

CDPAP Phone Number: 718-732-0850

CDPAS – Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services, also commonly known as CDPAP – Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program, are the same program. CDPAS/CDPAP is an alternative to traditional home care. It is a Medicaid program that enables self directing individuals or their administrators, to assume the responsibilities of their own care. CDPAS/CDPAP helps promote independence and Consumer Empowerment.
  • Consumers may hire as many personal assistants as needed to accommodate their life styles, authorized hours, and individual needs.
  • Consumers will recruit, interview, hire, train, supervise, and (if needed) dismiss their personal assistants.
  • Consumers will be able to distribute paychecks to their personal assistants on a weekly basis.
  • How do I Become a CDPAP Consumer?
If you are a Medicaid recipient approved for home care and you are self directing, or have a person who is willing and able to be your administrator, call your local Department of Social Services to request enrollment in the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP). Once you have been approved for CDPAP, you can begin the process of hiring your personal assistant. Hope Home Care can guide you. CDPAP allows you to hire friends or even some family members to assist you with your care. Ask our CDPAP specialist for details.

Why Should I Choose Hope Home Care, Inc. to be my Fiscal Intermediary for CDPAP?

Hope Home Care, Inc. has been a New York State Fiscal Intermediary of choice since 2015. We are committed to assisting each consumer in achieving his/her goal, while encouraging independence. Hope Home Care, Inc. has experience in all different aspects of home care and our healthcare team is friendly, knowledgeable and looking forward to helping you with the CDPAP process.
  • What is CDPAP?
  • Who is eligible to join CDPAP?
  • Who can provide care under CDPAP? May family members serve as the personal assistant?
  • Do personal assistants need a special license or certification to provide care under CDPAP?
  • What kind of services are personal assistants able to administer under CDPAP?
  • How does someone enroll in CDPAP?
  • How does the personal assistant get paid under CDPAP?
  • Pros and Cons of CDPAP vs Traditional Home Care

What Does My Personal Assistant (PA) Need to Begin Working For Me?

Your PA will need a physical within the past year, proof of immunizations, a PPD, health assessment, and your PA must be able to legally work in the United States. Applications with all current information and requirements can be sent upon request.

What is CDPAP?

CDPAP is a Medicaid program that allows consumers that need long-term home care to direct their own care. Consumers, or their representatives, recruit their own personal assistants who they train and direct.

Who is eligible to join CDPAP?

Consumers must require assistance with activities of daily living or skilled care, have a stable medical condition, and be self directing or have a designated representative that is willing and able to direct care as per the program’s requirements. Since CDPAP is a Medicaid sponsored program, it is only available to consumers that are eligible for Medicaid.

Who can provide care under CDPAP? May family members serve as the personal assistant?

Most people, including children, can serve as personal assistants and get paid to provide care under CDPAP. Spouses may not provide care under CDPAP.

Do personal assistants need a special license or certification to provide care under CDPAP

Personal assistants must be legally allowed to work. They do not need a special license or certification to provide care under the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program.

What kind of services are personal assistants able to administer under CDPAP?

Under CDPAP, personal assistants are able to provide both custodial and skilled services. This includes many skilled services that a home health aide may not provide, such as wound care, giving insulin shots, and suctioning tracheostomies.

How does someone enroll in CDPAP?

Most consumers in New York City and Nassau County must first enroll in a Medicaid Managed Care plan. Dual eligible consumers (meaning they have both Medicare and Medicaid) must enroll in a Managed Long-Term Care (MLTC) plan. Consumers with just Medicaid must be enrolled in a mainstream managed Medicaid plan. In both cases, the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program is administered by the plan. Consumers should notify their plan that they would like to enroll in CDPAP. We provide free assistance enrolling in CDPAP. Please call us if you would like help – 718-514-7949.

How does the personal assistant get paid under CDPAP?

Personal assistants are paid through fiscal intermediaries (FI) that contract with the plans that administer the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program.

Pros and Cons of CDPAP vs Traditional Home Care

The following are some Pros and Cons to consider for CDPAP vs traditional home care:

Pros

  • Close relatives such as children can get paid to provide care.
  • Personal assistants are not required to have special certification or licensing. While this isn’t inherently positive, it can make it easier for someone to become a personal assistant.
  • Personal assistants can administer skilled services such as wound care, giving insulin shots, and suctioning tracheotomies.

Cons

  • A personal assistant recruited by the patient may not have received any formal training. As such, the assistant must be trained by the patient and/or family.
  • If the personal assistant is not available for a period of time, the consumer (i.e. the patient) or their representative must recruit and hire their own replacement.
  • Home health care agencies will generally conduct background checks before hiring a home attendant. If a CDPAP consumer would want to conduct a background check, they would have to do it on their own.

Locations We Service

Home care Planning Solutions provides free assistance with home care and Medicaid for home care in the following New York City boroughs: Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and The Bronx. Services may also be available in Staten Island, Nassau, and other NY counties.

Foreign Languages

Need a home attendant that speaks a foreign language? We can help with most requests, including: Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese), Russian, Hungarian, Creole, and Polish. Special Needs Have a loved one with a special need such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's? Give us a call to see if we can find them a home attendant with experience caring for patients with their needs.